I have had a passion for Europe ever since I can remember, and so my decision to become a Europeanist was not surprising to anyone. At a basic level, I’m interested in European parliaments and the role they play in not only their states, but in the European Union as a whole. Much of my research is centered on national parliaments and the European Court of Justice, the supranational judiciary that has authority over the European Union’s 27 member states. I explore the impact the ECJ has had on national parliaments and vice versa: how do legislative politics influence supranational jurisprudence? My work in this area has been published in the Journal of Common Market Studies, and I continue to write on aspects of the parliament/court relationship. While much of my work is EU-focused, there’s a special place in my research agenda for the German Bundestag, and you’ll find my work on the Bundestag’s rules of procedure in German Politics.
When I was a graduate student, my constant worry was that I would somehow run out of ideas for research. But the opposite has been true: new projects seem to pop up every semester. I am currently finishing up a project on member state influence on the ECJ as well as an analysis of European voting behavior. Since I’ve come to UW Oshkosh and interacted with my colleagues and students, my interests have expanded beyond Europe. I now count international criminal law (crimes against humanity and genocide), international environmental law, and supranational human rights courts among the topics that are a part of my research agenda, and I have projects in various stages in each of these areas. Additionally, since I spent a year as a Wisconsin Teaching Fellow, I have been involved in projects on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) focusing on methods of discussion in political science classrooms and the role of departments in enhancing (or inhibiting) student learning.